Hardik Pandya wakes up father with surprise visit home, posts video online

first_imgHardik Pandya’s sweet gesture made his father’s day on Friday as he returned home after a long and grueling tour of England.Pandya Jr. returned home after three long months and surprised his father in his bedroom and greeted him with a warm hug. Hardik’s father was seen sleeping but the moment he saw Pandya’s face, his face lit up and the two embraced each other.Pandya posted the video on Instagram and captioned it: “When you surprise daddy #seeinghimafter3months”The video won hearts and people loved the moment shared by the duo and gave their well wishes to the family.Pandya, who was with the Indian team in England and missed only one match, will again fly off to Dubai to meet up with the Rohit Sharma-led India side for the Asia Cup, which starts on Saturday.Also read – Hardik Pandya records maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricketHowever, he will have some time to settle in as India open their campaign against Hong Kong on Tuesday.Pandya’s role in the side will be a important one and the tournament could well hold huge importance for him after a drab tour of England. Barring the last Test match of the five-match series, Pandya played all the matches in England but failed to perform on a consistent basis.He scored 302 runs from 11 games across all the formats and picked up 17 wickets. This also includes a tour game against Essex, where he struck 51.advertisementHe did impress with a 52 not out and a sensational spell in Nottingham, where he picked up 5/28 but barring that, Pandya has failed to help India like a proper all-rounder is expected to.Also read – I don’t want to be Kapil Dev, says Hardik PandyaHe was criticised by former greats including Michael Holding for not being able to affect the game as much an all-rounder should after the Lord’s Test as well.”I don’t think he does a lot with the ball. That is number one. He is not consistent. He does not have the control that puts batsmen under pressure constantly. He will bowl a couple of good deliveries, yes, but you need to have the control to put batsmen under pressure consistently. And he doesn’t have that.If you are going to be a frontline bowler anywhere in the world, if you are going to be someone that your captain can rely on, that can throw you the ball and expect you to get wickets and expect you to have control, he is not really the man in my opinion,” Holding told espncricinfo.Also read – Don’t worry about me: Hardik Pandya hits back at critics after 5 for 28But, Pandya came out and defended himself after his maiden five-wicket haul in Nottingham and said that others don’t need to worry about him as he can take care of himself.”Let’s not worry about me, I know what I’m doing, and I don’t care what people say about me. The team backs me and that’s important,” said Pandya to Nasser Hussain.But, he failed to replicate his show in the fourth Test and was dropped for the last one at The Oval as India opted for Hanuma Vihari.Vihari did impress with a fifty on debut and a three-wicket haul but that didn’t help India win the match as the visitors lost the game by 118 runs and the series 1-4.Also read – Focus on cricket: Hardik Pandya trolled after posting travel day photoFollowing that, Pandya posted a photo of himself on Instagram, where he said that he was ‘gutted’ with the result but it was a well fought series.”Back to India. Gutted with the result but it was a well fought series and good to be back home for couple of days before we fly again for Asia cup in few days time,” Pandya captioned the photo.But, that didn’t go down well with the fans as they trolled him for being so ‘cool’ and posing like a ‘rapper’ after a series defeat.Therefore, no matter what he says and feels, the Asia Cup could be a very important series for the Baroda all-rounder ahead of the World Cup next year in England and Wales.advertisementlast_img read more